Parklands Food Fest 2020 Virtual Kitchen – Cook with Matt Moran – Saturday 5 September

Calling all home cooks: Get ready to refine your skills in the kitchen and cook alongside celebrated chef Matt Moran! The 9th annual Parklands Food Fest returns Saturday 5 September 2020 and this year it’s going virtual for all food lovers to check out.

Whether you’re a local Sydneysider or from further afield, join Parklands Food Fest’s Virtual Kitchen for an incredible opportunity to cook alongside Australia’s renowned chef Matt Moran – all from the comfort of your own home.

In this not to be missed day of home-cooking, you’ll learn plenty of tips and tricks, including how to make some of Matt’s favourite dishes using local Western Sydney Parklands’ produce from Horsley Park urban farms. You can also livestream for a masterclass in food waste when OzHarvest’s executive chef Travis Harvey joins Matt to create a delicious meal out of food scraps.

Simply head to www.westernsydneyparklands.com.au/foodfest for more information.

Visit Eden Gardens Macquarie Park & buy dad a living gift!

HDMs RECEIVE 15% OFF online or in store until Sunday! With more time spent together and at home, it’s the perfect time for dad to be getting to know plants – in the home, on your balcony, in the garden or in dad’s home office! Plants as a new hobby, gardening for exercise or just the feel good vibes – there’s never been a better time to give a living gift! For something different there are olive & citrus trees that will have dad dreaming of a Mediterranean holiday .You can also enjoy the special day at Eden Gardens – visit the kiosk for breakfast or lunch and explore the beautiful gardens in bloom. Find out more & shop here: edengardens.com.au

Father’s Day at The Australiana Pioneer Village – Sunday 6 September 10am to 4pm

Take dad out to a local Hills venue

Bella Vista Hotel is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner but bookings are essential. Click here. If you are looking for something a little fancier, Sarino’s Restaurant has a 4 course Father’s Day menu happening. Click here for more details.

Castle Hill RSL also has breakfast, lunch and dinner covered and a variety of options. Click here for details. Jin Yang Restaurant at Castle Hill RSL also has a special banquet on offer. Click here for details on this.

Go on a bushwalk

If you follow our Instagram or Facebook page you’ll see that we’ve done a LOT of bushwalking in 2020! Here’s a list of the best bushwalks for kids in the area.

Visit Holey Moley or Strike Bowling

Holey Moley and Strike Bowling at Castle Towers are now both open. They’ve made a few changes to the way they operate to keep guests and their team safe and adhere to government guidelines.  To celebrate Father’s day, on Sunday you can play a game of bowling or 18 holes of golf with the family for only $50! Top it off with $10 pizzas to share and a selection of $5 beers just for Dad. Offers valid all day 6/9/2020. Family activity special valid for a family of 4. To book, call 7201 8355 or visit https://www.strikebowling.com.au/locations/strike-castle-towers

Go for a bike or scooter ride

One of the great things that has happened during COVID-19 lock down is that more kids are out on their bikes! Here’s a list of places in the Hills for your kids to ride their bike or scooter.


If you’d like more ideas for things to do this weekend, head to the play section of our website for further inspiration.

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